Many couples are faced with the serious challenge of infertility. Infertility refers to the inability to conceive after a year of actively trying. Fertility treatments have proven to be highly effective when fertility specialists are involved. The treatments are aimed at increasing the prospects of conception in a safe manner. There are different types of fertility treatments that can be recommended to a patient, depending on a number of factors. Treatment options include medication to boost egg production and ovulation, insemination, and IVF. The treatments make it possible for people to become aware of what is going on inside their bodies and make pregnancy a reality for anyone who has struggled to conceive.
Infertility can be a difficult hurdle to overcome for most couples. There are many ways to combat infertility to achieve pregnancy, though no one way is guaranteed. By understanding what is out there and the success rates of these methods, you will have a better understanding of the treatments and a new hope for the future.
The first course of action for most infertility problems is Clomid. This is a medication that can be given to both men and women to help increase fertility. The most common use for women is in those whose infertility problems stem from an ovulatory cycles. While around 75% of women will ovulate with Clomid, if there are underlying issues, such as PCOS or endometrial issues, then pregnancy may not be achieved as quickly.
2) Trigger Shots
Another option many specialists utilize is trigger shots. These are shots that contain HCG (the hormone that is present during pregnancy) to help bring on ovulation. This can be used with other methods as well, such as Clomid. The success rate with this method also is not guaranteed because there can still be other factors affecting it, though it is more promising than just Clomid alone.
3) In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
One of the most well-known fertility treatments is IVF. With this process, the eggs are taken from the ovaries and the sperm are injected into the eggs to create embryos. They allow them to start to grow and find the best quality embryos that were fertilized. From there, these embryos are implanted into the mother or surrogate. From there, it is just a waiting game to see which of the embryos will implant. IVF success rates are higher than any other treatment with 75% of all women achieving pregnancy. Keep in mind, though, that while all fertility treatments have a chance for multiples, IVF has the highest rates.
Though IVF success rates are highest, there are many different options out there that you can discuss with your gynecologist or reproductive endocrinologist. The important thing to remember is to address the cause of the infertility. A good example of this is a woman with PCOS. Just taking Clomid is often not enough to achieve pregnancy as the disorder needs to be addressed, most often with the use of Metformin. It is also good to remember that stress can only complicate the process and make it drag out. So take time to relax and enjoy the process of getting pregnant.